June 16th – Tortoise-shelled Ladybird

Tortoise-shelled Ladybug (Harmonia testudinaria)

A chance sighting of one of the many peculiar species of the family Coccinellidae. I came across this small insect during our visit to Cockatoo Island.

After a brief walk around Google, I’ve come to my own conclusion that this is a Tortoise-shelled Ladybug, or Harmonia testudinaria. This creature also goes by the name of the Netty Ladybug – both names coming from descriptions of the shell pattern, which features a black stripe from the head-parts all the way to the rear of the insect.

As with all ladybirds, they are terrific to have in your garden as they lay their eggs in and destroy colonies of aphids.

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